Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JWU:
4.6/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.
A- pretty bright gold with orange hints. nice white head, that leaves a little lacing down the glass.
S- a light, sweet caramel malt with some floral based hops
T- Great googly moogly. Taste-wise, possibly the finest Pale I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. The malt bill is more complex on the taste, taking on the likeness of an ESB. Caramel, biscuit and tea mostly. The floral hops are a bit citric, but are absolutely spot on in their assertiveness, balancing the brew.
M- Great on the palette. Medium bodied and slick, with a light carbonation, and it has a pleasently dry finish.
O- I really, really wish I could get this in Eastern PA, as this would be my go-to Pale. Fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2011 01:25:54 | More by JWU
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 18 Jul 2014
Appearance: Pours with a nice orange-ish amber color with a nice two finger cream colored head. Head dissipates slowly into a slight sheen of bubbles across the top of the beer which facilitate mild lacing on the side of the glass. Slight carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass really makes this one a sight.
Smell: Sweeter malts overlayed with a mild assertion of floral and citrus hops. The hops in the nose do not overpower you but add a nice soft roundness, which is exactly what I'm looking for in an APA.
Taste: Crisp and smooth beer with a solid malt backbone and great levels of floral and citrus hops. The side of the bottle says cascades are used in this, and you can definitely tell- the hop profile is extremely similar to an SNPA, however, I will say that SNPA is considerably maltier and more bitter than Burning River. Sweet malts start coming out as the beer warms up, though this compliments the medium hoppiness. Finishes semi-sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and solid body.
Overall: A very serviceable APA that should be admired by most beer drinkers, craft lovers and those new to craft alike. The hopping levels are perfect for an APA, leaving a nice lighter beer with considerable flavor and body without being cumbersome or abrasive. Would recommend, especially as a cookout beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 14:10:34 | More by Beric
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,534 ratings.